Goals and wins have dried up for last season's A-League runners up Perth Glory, but coach Ian Ferguson believes his players will respond well to the pressure.
The Glory started the season strongly, with three wins in their first five games.
But their five matches since have yielded just two points and two goals, with their most recent result a 1-0 loss to Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Sudanese-born refugee Golgol Mebrahtu came off the bench to deliver an 89th-minute winner for the Heart in his first appearance for the club after 26 goal-less matches with Gold Coast.
It took the Glory's away record this season to just one point from five games.
Ferguson admitted that while previous performances during Perth's winless streak had been better than results indicated, the loss to the Heart had few redeeming features.
"We probably got what we deserved," he said.
"We never played at all well, as well as I'd expect us to play."
Most galling was that Perth had earmarked the clash as a chance to jump-start their stalling season, given the Heart were missing numerous key players and entered the round second-bottom.
"I really though it was a day we could have cemented again and tried to get a run going," Ferguson said.
"It never worked out that way. That's the biggest disappointment."
The Glory will fall to eighth by the end of the round.
But Ferguson backed his side to claw their way out of the slump.
"Of course we're confident we can," he said.
"We've got good players to come back in - (Michael) Thwaite and (Scott) Jamieson (from Socceroos duty) and Liam Miller (from injury).
"We're pretty confident we can get it back on track again.
"We've got to, it's as simple as that.
"We've been through this before.
"I just said to the boys, it's not unless there's real pressure on this club that we start to react.
"We should be doing a lot better than what we have done."